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Sunday, 18 July 2010 20:54

Vetting and Barring Scheme Suspended

The Vetting and Barring Scheme for nine million people working with children and vulnerable adults has been halted so that a review can be carried out for a more measured approach, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced today.
Voluntary registration with the VBS for new employees and people changing jobs was due to start on 26 July. This registration has now been stopped.
The scheme will now be scaled back to more common-sense levels, the Government said, amid concerns that it was disproportionate and infringed on civil liberties.
The Home Office will be in charge of remodelling the scheme with the Department for Education and the Department of Health. Details are being finalised and will be announced shortly.
Mrs May said, ‘We’ve listened to the criticisms and will respond with a scheme that has been fundamentally remodelled. Vulnerable groups must be properly protected in a way that is proportionate and sensible. This redrawing of the VBS will ensure this happens.
The Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) will continue to maintain the lists of those people who are barred from working with children and adults.
Current requirements for Criminal Records Bureau checks will continue to apply. New safeguarding regulations introduced in October 2009 also remain current.